The two most memorable games in the Maryland-Duke basketball rivalry happened in the same year — the Blue Devils’ “Miracle Minute” comeback in College Park and Duke’s Final Four victory when they overcame a 22-point first-half deficit on their way to an NCAA title in 2001. But why dwell on the negative? Here are Maryland’s most memorable wins over Duke:
10. 99-92, OT (2005) at Comcast Center
It was a down year for NIT-bound Maryland, but John Gilchrist (19 points, 10 rebounds, nine assists) and Travis Garrison (17 points, 11 rebounds) orchestrated the offensive attack as the Terps completed their first sweep of the Blue Devils in 10 years.
9. 85-77 (2007) at Cameron Indoor
This was one night when all-or-nothing Mike Jones (25 points) played brilliantly, hitting 4 of 5 3-pointers, while freshman Greivis Vasquez (13 points, 12 assists, nine rebounds) flashed a preview of coming attractions as Maryland swept Duke for the second time in three years.
8. 75-66 (2005) at Cameron Indoor
Nik Caner-Medley (25 points), reserve Ekene Ibekwe (15 points, nine rebounds) and the Maryland defense, which limited Duke to just two points in the final 3 minutes, 30 seconds, were the catalysts in an upset of the undefeated No. 2-ranked Blue Devils.
|‘We beat Duke’|
|When Maryland coach Gary Williams played for the Terps from 1964-67 (joined in the lineup by current Terps assistant Joe Harrington), Duke was strong and Maryland was weak. The perennially ranked Blue Devils were led by All-Americans such as Bob Verga, Jeff Mullins and Jack Marin. In 1965, however, when Williams and Harrington were sophomore starters, the unranked Terps upset the No. 5 Blue Devils at Cole Field House, 85-82, as sophomore Jay McMillen (32 points) and his mates outgunned Verga (36 points) and the Blue Devils, ending Duke’s 10-game winning streak as Terp fans chanted: “We beat Duke.”|
7. 91-80 (2001) at Cameron Indoor
After losing the “Miracle Minute” game, the No. 16 Terps rebounded, rallying past the No. 2 Devils in the second half behind Juan Dixon (28 points), Lonny Baxter (15 points, 10 rebounds), Terence Morris (13 points, 12 rebounds) and Steve Blake (11 points, 11 assists) to ruin Shane Battier’s Senior Night.
6. 101-82 (1980) at Cole Field House
Lefty Driesell's No. 12 Terps were at their run-and-gun best as Greg Manning (26 points) hit 12 of 15 shots, while Buck Williams (18 points, 12 rebounds), Ernie Graham (12 points, nine assists) and Albert King (16 points, eight rebounds) conducted a dunk-a-thon against the No. 5 Blue Devils.
5. 87-72 (2003) at Comcast Center
Drew Nicholas (24 points) and Ryan Randle (15 points, 17 rebounds) did the heavy lifting as the Terps knocked the Blue Devils out of the No. 1 slot for the second straight year and for the first time at Comcast Center.
4. 98-87 (2000) at Cameron Indoor
Juan Dixon (31 points) made 14 of 19 shots from the floor and Terence Morris (20 points, 12 rebounds, five steals) hit two 3-pointers down the stretch as the No. 23 Terps toppled the No. 3 Blue Devils, ending their 31-game winning streak in the ACC.
3. 79-72 (2010) at Comcast Center
By any other player, it would have been a ridiculous shot. But Greivis Vasquez had been making these for four years. His rumblin’, stumblin’, bumblin’, one-hander from a preposterous angle assured the Terps the ACC regular-season title on Senior Day.
2. 87-73 (2002) at Cole Field House
As Duke set up for the final shot of the first half, Steve Blake (eight points, 13 assists) stole the ball from Jason Williams and scored a breakaway layup, the play that changed the momentum as the No. 3 Terps, led by Chris Wilcox (23 points, 11 rebounds) and Juan Dixon (17 points), conquered the No. 1 Blue Devils.
1. 74-62 (1984) at Greensboro Coliseum
In the ACC Tournament championship, Len Bias (26 points) was transcendent for the No. 14 Terps, hitting 12 of 17 shots — a variety of dunks, finger rolls and baseline jumpers — delivering coach Lefty Driesell his first title in 15 seasons and Maryland its first ACC banner since 1958.